How to Make Dyed Easter Eggs: An Easy Craft to Do With Kids

Updated on February 28, 2020
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These vibrantly coloured hard-boiled eggs are ready to be cracked and peeled!
These vibrantly coloured hard-boiled eggs are ready to be cracked and peeled!

Easter is such a fun time of year. Between all of the religious activities, Easter bunny visits and chocolate, why not try this quick and easy activity to get the kids involved in some hands-on holiday fun? Kids love this activity because it involves cooking and experimenting with bright and colourful food dyes.

The food colouring can be used directly from the bottles or be mixed together to form new colours using the chart below. The boiled eggs take on the food dyes within minutes, so the kids see them change colour very quickly—this is the fun and exciting part. This whole process only takes about 30 minutes and is suitable for kids aged 2+.

Traditionally, dyed, hard-boiled Easter eggs were red in colour to symbolize the blood of Christ. My Greek grandmother would make them and adorn them with religious decals every year. The whole family would then partake in an egg cracking game before feasting on lunch. To play this game, have all the kids knock their dyed eggs together—the player whose egg remains un-cracked the longest wins!

Tips and Information: Read Before You Begin

  • Here, I use three different colours to dye the eggs. I recommend making the cups of coloured food dye, vinegar and boiled water ahead of time while the eggs are boiling.
  • The addition of vinegar helps the eggshell to become porous and take on a more vibrant colour from the dye. Dunking the egg up and down in the mixture with a spoon helps the kids see the eggshell actively changing colour.
  • Food colouring can stain clothes and tablecloths, so it's a good idea to have some paper towels at the ready so you have somewhere to place the dyed eggs while they're still wet. Gloves are also recommended if you want to touch the eggs before they dry.
  • I like to colour 12 eggs at a time and present them back in the original egg carton. The kids can also decorate the egg box as an extra craft.
  • This recipe requires the eggs to be hard-boiled. Runny yolks can get messy when the kids are playing the cracking game.
  • For safety reasons, an adult should be responsible for boiling the eggs for the kids.

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Use this mixing chart as a guide when making new colours by combining food dyes. These are the green, red and blue food dyes that I used for this project.
Use this mixing chart as a guide when making new colours by combining food dyes.
Use this mixing chart as a guide when making new colours by combining food dyes. | Source
These are the green, red and blue food dyes that I used for this project.
These are the green, red and blue food dyes that I used for this project.

Project Timeline

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 12 dyed eggs

Supplies

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 1/4 tspn food colouring
  • 1 tspn vinegar, white

Instructions

  1. Hard boil 12 eggs in a stovetop pot or an egg boiler.
  2. Mix 125 ml of boiled water, 1/4 teaspoon of food dye and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar in a cup. This mixture represents one colour. Repeat this process for each colours you wish to use.
  3. Place a hard boiled egg into a cup of food colouring mix. Dunk the egg up and down with a spoon for about 3–5 minutes or until it has the desired colour and vibrancy.
  4. Place the coloured eggs onto a kitchen rag or paper towel to dry.
  5. Once dried, place the coloured eggs back into the egg carton or a basket for presentation.

Process Photos

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While the eggs are submerged in the dye mixes, dunk them up and down using spoons. Here, some coloured eggs are drying on a paper towel while some dry eggs have already been placed in the carton. You're all done! A dozen vibrant, dyed eggs are ready for the Easter table.
While the eggs are submerged in the dye mixes, dunk them up and down using spoons.
While the eggs are submerged in the dye mixes, dunk them up and down using spoons.
Here, some coloured eggs are drying on a paper towel while some dry eggs have already been placed in the carton.
Here, some coloured eggs are drying on a paper towel while some dry eggs have already been placed in the carton.
You're all done! A dozen vibrant, dyed eggs are ready for the Easter table.
You're all done! A dozen vibrant, dyed eggs are ready for the Easter table.

© 2020 Amanda Moraitis

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